Rumor Has It: New iPod Touch With Camera/Mic Already in Production

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By now, we’re no stranger to rumors of a new iPod touch model complete with a built-in camera and microphone. Even without sources backing up these claims, it just seems like the logical next step for Apple (s aapl) to take with the device if it wants to keep providing consumers with an incentive to upgrade. The latest word is not only that these rumors are accurate, but that the device in question is already on the assembly line in China.

The source, a “well-connected” one talking to Wired.com, claims that circulating rumors about the camera and microphone are both spot on. They even confirm that the camera included in the new iPod touch (which was last updated at the beginning of September in 2008, making this the longest interval between model changes) will indeed be able to capture both images and video. And it will include an external mic, in addition to the external speaker and headset support included in the current iteration.

As Wired points out, this will make it an ideal device for use with existing Skype applications already available in the App Store. The combination of the two could make the iPod touch a viable home phone replacement for those who already only use their landlines for long distance anyways. They also note that combined with a Verizon MiFi, it basically becomes an iPhone without the cruddy AT&T (s att) network and attendant charges.

I’d long suspected that Apple was holding off on including these phone-like features in the iPod touch to differentiate between it and the iPhone in order to avoid cannibalizing sales, but my own experience has been that touch owners are much more inclined toward an iPhone purchase than not. I think Apple has realized this “gateway drug” phenomenon has little to do with hardware features and a lot to do with a constant data connection and cell phone features.

Which leads me to believe that they only reason they’re pacing the release of the rest of the iPhone’s extra bells and whistles to their portable media player platform is for differentiation between models, not across product lines. That means there’s hope for GPS integration in future versions, which I think we’ll see if turn-by-turn apps on the iPhone become a significant success. Also don’t forget that the iPod touch was actually the first to get built-in Nike+ support, so expect to see at least one surprise when this device does launch, which should be in two to three months, if Wired’s source is accurate.

69 Comments

ava

oh my ipod i cant wait thats so awsome i knew it had a camera n a mic but i didnt know it could record n be turn into a phone damn i gotta get one of these

Urbana

I got a lot of money for my b-day and my mom told me to wait cuz she found out its the same price, but if it’s not i need 2 get the other one… and its comin out a few days after September 7th… day skool starts… and i got $230-$250 bucks and i’m gonna get more from the holiday i celebrate eid… and my parents are gonna give me some money 2!!! YAY!!!

Sterling

When Is This Coming Out , I NEEEEEEEEDDDD To Know!!!!!! :D

Jenny

my dream is to have an iTouch that has 80 or 100GB of memory, a 4.0 megapixel camera, with louder speakers, a built in microphone, and of course all the cool stuff it already has. Oh and the private satalite idea. Megan, the routers would be towers like with cell phones. Yes they already kind of do that with the 3G network but that’s for the iPhone and costs money. But in my dream world it would be free. I will probably be waiting for a long time but that is what I really want.

Qais

hey guys do u know when the new ipod touch with camera gona release if you know something about that u can email me in this add (mix_latifi@hotmail.com)

alex

so it will come wit a camra n a microphone built inside n theirs qoinq 2 be wi-fi everwhere n qoinq 2 have 16gb,32gb,64gb on da new ipod?

james braselton

hi there wow i bought me the first 64 gb ipod touch without a camra come on apple give me 128 gb or a 256 gb ipod touch with a camra too

zippyboy

I can’t afford an iPhone and AT&T’s gouge-your-wallet data charges, but an iPod Touch with camera and microphone would definitely be difficult to pass up. … In fact, I don’t think I could pass it up. …

So, I see the rumors have been circulating for months and years now. … Hello, Apple? When is this going to come out? You’re losing a lot of customers who aren’t business execs. The $200 or $300 initial cost, I could handle. Not the $150/month for life.

TJ

They r all exited about the price being affordable for the ipad but i cant afford it………………… 200 is affordable

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